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How to organize all the stuff you kids bring home from school.

Now that school is almost out for the summer,  you know it’s going to happen…

Last day of school they will bring home papers, art projects and test papers. It may have already started and you have to decide what you are going to do with them.A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

Of course almost every parent’s refrigerator is an art gallery. But want about giving their masterpieces a more prominent place? You can use clipboard and create a gallery wall that are easily changeable. You can read more about using clipboards to create art galleries from Houzz.com. click here

Or Love Grows Wild shows you how to make rustic but elegant clipboard frames http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/diy-photo-clipboards/

There are lots of amazing ways to display your children’s artwork out there all you have to do it look.

Frames photo-1465161191540-aac346fcbaff.jpg

Another fabulous option that answers the question of what to do with all the treasures they bring home every day.

SCAN or snap a digital photo of them.

Set up a digital photo frame for each of your children.

Digital frames can now share photos without a computer. It connects to the Internet via phone line to download new pictures and information to display on the screen. Basic digital frames have internal memory and just a USB port; some can use a memory chip. They are not complicated to load your pictures on. The most basic digital picture frames contain a certain amount of internal memory and a USB port. You simply connect the frame to a computer via USB and the frame shows up looking like a flash drive, and then drag and drop images to the frame until the memory is full.

You can enjoy their treasures every day and not have lots of clutter – Bonus.

The grandparents love getting these.

Give them a digital photo frame for each of your children.  We have given our parents a digital frame from each of us. That way they can update our photos and share our candid pictures with them on a regular basis. We just load the flash drive and sent it to them.

Grandparents, parents and siblings appreciate getting more pictures from you and that they don’t have to find a place for a new frame.

If you choose not to go digital you can set up albums, boxes or folders for your children. At the end of the year you can choose the best or your favorites and have them made into a book.child_scribble_age_1y10m

What are your thoughts? Digital or hard copy? Really it does not matter as long as you organize them and make sure you give your kids the proper amount of ooohs and ahhhs.

Thanks Pamela

Pam's Bee.jpg

Photo credit Unsplash and Wikipedia

#organized #kidsart #momlife #livingwithkids #endofschool #parenting #overwhelmed

 

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Is this your year to park in the garage? Tips to make that happen

 

November means fall, or some of you say autumn but what ever you say soon there will be falling leaves and falling temperatures. We moved to Arizona to not have cold winds, freezing rain and snow. But the rest of you will soon have to be dealing with just those things. We have always had a rule; if we have a two-car garage we will be parking two cars in it. Not allow it to be filled with clutter and stuff. If you have a garage and you can’t park your car in it and you want to; lets work together and make that happen.

car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239

Now is the perfect time of the year. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

First things first: Timing

Start this project the day after your regular trash pick up. Next if you have “Big trash day” or “bulk trash day” start the weekend before that day.

Get lots of big garbage bags.

If you have not used it in a year and it is not a tool let it go.

You have 3 choices; you can throw it away, donate it or sell it.

garage-before
Rubbermaid Garage Makeover before

If you moved into your house over 2 years ago and you have boxes that you still have not opened. Don’t. Just donate them. You have not needed them they are taking up space.

garage-after-flicker

If you have unfinished projects that have been unfinished for over 2 years, news flash you are not going to finish them. Let them go. If not set a firm deadline and if that deadline passes without you completing them you have to let them go.

If you have used oil, paint or other chemicals that you need to get rid of Waste Management has some tips. municipalities residential-solutions household-hazardous-waste

If you are using your garage as a storage facility for excess furniture that you do not have a timetable to use, you need to let it go. Most likely when you move into that new house your old stuff that has been sitting in the garage with the spiders, bugs, mice and dust will not work in your space. I can only assume it does not work in your current house.   If you are holding on to your bachelor furniture that your wife will not let you move into the house, just let it go. She is not going to change her mind. Wouldn’t you rather park your car in the garage then sit in that ratty recliner with the oversized rear projection screen TV?

juha-lakaniemi-photo-of-icy-carRemember, months of winter weather are fast approaching. Just saying 10 to 20 more minutes of sleep vs. starting a cold car, scraping off the windshield. Being the wonderful man who you are you will not have to do the same thing for your wife. She will be so happy.

Remember Happy Wife….Happy Life.

Maybe she will buy you a new amazing recliner for your dream man cave.

In summary!

Garages: Just because you have a Garage for storage, doesn’t mean you have to keep everything there forever. Schedule one or two days a year to give the Garage a once over. Once you get the hang of it you wont have to make a big project out of it. Just look for a few things that you can toss or donate. And then do it!

Thanks PamelaPam's Bee.jpg

#mancave #garage #organize #overwhelmed #momlife

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Is this your year to park in the garage? Tips to make that happen

October means fall, or some of you say autumn but whatever you say soon there will be falling leaves and falling temperatures. We moved to Arizona to not have cold winds, freezing rain and snow. In looking at the weather I see that snow is already falling in the north.  But the rest of you will soon have to be dealing with just those things. We have always had a rule; if we have a two-car garage we will be parking two cars in it. We do not allow it to be filled with clutter and stuff. If you have a garage and you can’t park your car in it and you want to; let’s work together and make that happen.

car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239

Now is the perfect time of the year. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

First things first: Timing

Start this project the day after your regular trash pick-up day.  Next, if you have “Big trash day” or “bulk trash day” start the weekend before that day.

Get lots of big garbage bags.

If you have not used it in a year and it is not a tool let it go.

You have 4 choices; you can throw it away, donate it, give it away or sell it.

If you live in a neighborhood you can put your stuff on the curb with a “free” sign and more than likely it will disappear.   Last weekend was our big trash day and we put our a broken mini-fridge and a heater along with some tree limbs.  We barely closed the garage door before someone swooped in and grabbed the broken mini-fridge.  They had plans to convert it into a cooler. (Thank you Pinterest!). The next morning the heater was gone too.

Just a word of warning – Don’t leave your junk on the curb for very long.  Your neighbors will not take too kindly to a junky street.

garage-before
Rubbermaid Garage Makeover before

If you moved into your house over 2 years ago and you have boxes that you still have not opened. Don’t.  I Repeat Don’t Open them!  Just donate them. You have not needed them they are taking up space.

garage-after-flicker

If you have unfinished projects that have been unfinished for over 2 years, news flash you are not going to finish them. Let them go. If not set a firm deadline and if that deadline passes without you completing them you have to let them go.

If you have used oil, paint or other chemicals that you need to get rid of Waste Management has some tips. municipalities residential-solutions household-hazardous-waste

If you are using your garage as a storage facility for excess furniture that you do not have a timetable to use, you need to let it go. Most likely when you move into that new house your old stuff that has been sitting in the garage with the spiders, bugs, mice, and dust will not work in your space. I can only assume it does not work in your current house.   If you are holding on to your bachelor furniture that your wife will not let you move into the house, just let it go. She is not going to change her mind. Wouldn’t you rather park your car in the garage than sit in that ratty recliner with the oversized rear projection screen TV?

juha-lakaniemi-photo-of-icy-carRemember, months of winter weather are fast approaching. Just saying 10 to 20 more minutes of sleep vs. starting a cold car, scraping off the windshield. Being the wonderful man who you are you will not have to do the same thing for your wife. She will be so happy.

Remember Happy Wife….Happy Life.

Maybe she will buy you a new amazing recliner for your dream man cave.

In summary!

Garages: Just because you have a Garage for storage, doesn’t mean you have to keep everything there forever. Schedule one or two days a year to give the Garage a once over. Once you get the hang of it you won’t have to make a big project out of it. Just look for a few things that you can toss or donate. And then do it!

Thanks PamelaPam's Bee.jpg

#mancave #garage #organize #overwhelmed #momlife

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A little time for me…..

We as women are great at taking care of everyone except for ourselves.  My friend Lori Greer from Lori Greer in Portland writes a great article about taking a little me time.  I hope you take it to heart and enjoy.  Thanks Pamela

“Never be in a hurry, do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” Francis de Sales It is Saturday night and I am alone for the evening at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, Washington north of Seattle. I could […]

via A Little Time for Me — Lori Greer in Portland

 

#metime #momslife #women #relax #woman

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Is this your year to park in the garage? Tips to make that happen

 

October means fall, or some of you say autumn but what ever you say soon there will be falling leaves and falling temperatures. We moved to Arizona to not have cold winds, freezing rain and snow. But the rest of you will soon have to be dealing with just those things. We have always had a rule; if we have a two-car garage we will be parking two cars in it. Not allow it to be filled with clutter and stuff. If you have a garage and you can’t park your car in it and you want to; lets work together and make that happen.

car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239

Now is the perfect time of the year. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right.

First things first: Timing

Start this project the day after your regular trash pick up. Next if you have “Big trash day” or “bulk trash day” start the weekend before that day.

Get lots of big garbage bags.

If you have not used it in a year and it is not a tool let it go.

You have 3 choices; you can throw it away, donate it or sell it.

garage-before
Rubbermaid Garage Makeover before

If you moved into your house over 2 years ago and you have boxes that you still have not opened. Don’t. Just donate them. You have not needed them they are taking up space.

garage-after-flicker

If you have unfinished projects that have been unfinished for over 2 years, news flash you are not going to finish them. Let them go. If not set a firm deadline and if that deadline passes without you completing them you have to let them go.

If you have used oil, paint or other chemicals that you need to get rid of Waste Management has some tips. municipalities residential-solutions household-hazardous-waste

If you are using your garage as a storage facility for excess furniture that you do not have a timetable to use, you need to let it go. Most likely when you move into that new house your old stuff that has been sitting in the garage with the spiders, bugs, mice and dust will not work in your space. I can only assume it does not work in your current house.   If you are holding on to your bachelor furniture that your wife will not let you move into the house, just let it go. She is not going to change her mind. Wouldn’t you rather park your car in the garage then sit in that ratty recliner with the oversized rear projection screen TV?

juha-lakaniemi-photo-of-icy-carRemember, months of winter weather are fast approaching. Just saying 10 to 20 more minutes of sleep vs. starting a cold car, scraping off the windshield. Being the wonderful man who you are you will not have to do the same thing for your wife. She will be so happy.

Remember Happy Wife….Happy Life.

Maybe she will buy you a new amazing recliner for your dream man cave.

In summary!

Garages: Just because you have a Garage for storage, doesn’t mean you have to keep everything there forever. Schedule one or two days a year to give the Garage a once over. Once you get the hang of it you wont have to make a big project out of it. Just look for a few things that you can toss or donate. And then do it!

Thanks PamelaPam's Bee.jpg

#mancave #garage #organize #overwhelmed #momlife

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Black Cat Blue Sea Award ~ Start the Happy Dance!!

I am so honored to even be thought of enough to be mentioned for any award. Thank you so much to Faye from The Chicken Grandma  blog for nominating me for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award!

I so much have enjoyed getting to know Faye through her blog and I look forward to her wonderful comments.  Make sure to click the link above so you, too, can enjoy a great reading experience!

Back to the award…..this is an award given and received by fellow bloggers and is meant to be fun. If any nominees are not interested in The Black Cat Blue Sea Award, participation is not required.black-cat-blue-sea

But first, what is this award about?

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

The rules are as follows:

the-black-cat-blue-sea-award-rules

The  questions I was asked to answer:

1. How do you find your inspiration for a blog post?

Over the years I see the struggle that clutter causes and I know how disorganization and clutter can overwhelm anyone if allowed. In the beginning I found that  Pinterest was a great source but even better is just listening to what moms are saying. I have a large group of people I follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram every day they are dealing with real life.  I see their struggles. I want to help them find a way to make their life easier

2.What do you enjoy most about where you call home? Why?

Home is Arizona. We have a wonderful yard that I designed and I love to spend time out there with my family and friends.  Why: We love the weather here. Yes our summers are hot but we never have to shovel sunshine. Love the diversity of Arizona from Cactus to Pines and amazing activities, restaurants, museums and sights. You can find it all in Arizona.

3.What is your favorite thing to do and with who (or is it whom)? I love spending time with my husband and family. My favorite thing to do is be outside. Be that reading or just watching the birds and my fur babies. That is where I am right now.

I nominate the following

  • Gigi from  A Warm Hello. She takes lovely photographs.
  • Pretty Plus and Proud. – The most amazing blog about loving yourself no matter how much of you there is to love. We come in all sizes!
  • Tina from Explore Laugh Dream. her mantra is TAKE TIME TO DO WHAT MAKES YOUR SOUL HAPPY. I love that!!
  • Norma from Norma Bobb. She blogs short to the point words and pictures about self motivation and acceptance. Really who doesn’t need this! Right.
  • Nancy Ruth from My Kitchen My Thoughts. is always tempting me with amazing real recipes. I love home cooking and I am not fancy so she writes right up my alley.
  • I love Dr. Andrea Dinardo, She writes at https://drandreadinardo.com she is all about thriving under pressure. I think we are all under pressure. Some more than others but we all need a way to have positivity and stress Resilience in our lives. She may be too busy to respond but y’all will enjoy her blog.
  • Watching the Daisies is another wonderful blog written by Brigid P. Gallagher. Watching The Daisies. Brigid also talks about learning to slow down has been one of her major life lessons, hence the title “Watching the Daisies” !

The 3 questions I want you to answer are:

(a) Something you did that made you feel like a hero?

(b) When you started blogging, what were the things you didn’t know? (Like I didn’t know anything-awards, reblogs etc.!)

(c) One thing you’re excessively proud of? Why?

Remember If any of the questions asked are offending or simply do not want to be answered, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.  I can’t wait until you read some of the amazing blogs and get to know the authors.  Have a wonderful day and see ya later.

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Nothing Risk Nothing Gained

Enjoy this article from Jess.  She writes Life with Jess..  See you tomorrow.  Thanks  Pamela

I can’t. That’s too hard! I’m not strong enough. I’m not good enough. Do any of those sound familiar? For the longest times these were the about the only few phrases in my vocabulary. It did not matter the question… these were always my answer. Everything was terrifying to me.

via Oh,But What If It Does! — Life with Jess

 

#sunday #overwhelmed #momlife #parenting #family

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How to organize all the stuff you kids bring home from school.

Now that school is back in session. You know it’s going to happen. Every day or every week they will bring home papers, art projects and test papers. It may have already started and you have to decide what you are going to do with them.A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

Of course almost every parent’s refrigerator is an art gallery. But want about giving their masterpieces a more prominent place? You can use clipboard and create a gallery wall that are easily changeable. You can read more about using clipboards to create art galleries from Houzz.com. click here

Or Love Grows Wild shows you how to make rustic but elegant clipboard frames http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/08/diy-photo-clipboards/

There are lots of amazing ways to display your children’s artwork out there all you have to do it look.

Frames photo-1465161191540-aac346fcbaff.jpg

Another fabulous option that answers the question of what to do with all the treasures they bring home every day.

SCAN or snap a digital photo of them.

Set up a digital photo frame for each of your children.

Digital frames can now share photos without a computer. It connects to the Internet via phone line to download new pictures and information to display on the screen. Basic digital frames have internal memory and just a USB port; some can use a memory chip. They are not complicated to load your pictures on. The most basic digital picture frames contain a certain amount of internal memory and a USB port. You simply connect the frame to a computer via USB and the frame shows up looking like a flash drive, and then drag and drop images to the frame until the memory is full.

You can enjoy their treasures every day and not have lots of clutter – Bonus.

The grandparents love getting these.

Give them a digital photo frame for each of your children.  We have given our parents a digital frame from each of us. That way they can update our photos and share our candid pictures with them on a regular basis. We just load the flash drive and sent it to them.

Grandparents, parents and siblings appreciate getting more pictures from you and that they don’t have to find a place for a new frame.

If you choose not to go digital you can set up albums, boxes or folders for your children. At the end of the year you can choose the best or your favorites and have them made into a book.child_scribble_age_1y10m

What are your thoughts? Digital or hard copy? Really it doesn’t matter as long as you organize them and make sure you give your kids the proper amount of ooohs and ahhhs.

Thanks Pamela

Pam's Bee.jpg

Photo credit Unsplash and Wikipedia

#organized #kidsart #momlife #livingwithkids #backtoschool #parenting #overwhelmed

 

Posted in family, Organizing, Uncategorized

Home….A Sense of Place — The Chicken Grandma

Today is a day that so many of us will never forget where we were…  But Today I am sharing with you a wonderful story from Faye.  She is the Chicken Grandma.  Why because she is the grandma with chicken.  That is not why  I am sharing her story, I  am sharing this today because will all need a sense of home.  I hope you find some sense of place.  I will see you tomorrow.  Pamela

Years ago when my boys were in high school they had an English teacher who made the class write poetry on the topic “Sense of Place”. He wanted to know what spoke home to them. They sat there stumped for awhile and I told them to just think about what they heard from their bedroom […]

via Home….A Sense of Place — The Chicken Grandma